Gang of violent trav­ellers jailed af­ter £2m bur­glary spree

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

 A gang of violent trav­ellers com­mit­ted more than 200 bur­glar­ies in 11 months in a spree worth at least £2mil­lion.

Mem­bers of the gang have been jailed for a to­tal of 71 years af­ter they com­mit­ted more than 200 bur­glar­ies be­tween Fe­bru­ary and De­cem­ber. The gang would smash or force open doors and win­dows of busi­nesses and homes in broad day­light to com­mit their rob­beries.

They stole high-pow­ered BMWS and Audis, firearms, cash and jew­ellery.

When a stolen car was re­cov­ered at a trav­ellers’ site, po­lice found booty from eight bur­glar­ies, a firearm and seven stolen pup­pies.

Nor­folk and Cam­bridgeshire en­dured al­most 100 raids each while other of­fences took place in Suf­folk, Es­sex and Bed­ford­shire. Nine mem­bers pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary and were each jailed for four to seven-anda-half years. A tenth man was found guilty of con­spir­acy to bur­gle in Oc­to­ber and was jailed for nine years.

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